Longtown Castle was established in the late 12th century and first fortified in stone by Walter de Lacey between 1216 and 1231. It was built to defend the English borderlands from Welsh raiders and protected the accompanying 'colony' town of Ewyas Lacy, which became known as Longtown.
Today the castle consists of an inner enclosure surrounded by earthwork and embankments, a gatehouse and a very fine mound or motte, on top of which are the ruins of the round great tower or keep.
The picturesque ruins of this castle include an unusual cylindrical keep or main tower. From there are fine views of the surrounding countryside.
The circular tower or keep was probably built by Walter de Lacy 1216 and 1231. It provided living accommodation in times of peace and a last line of defence if the castle was under attack.
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